So there is this absolutely fabulous book out there in the atmosphere called Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson. For those that need visuals, here ya go:
This book is amazeballs, seriously. I wish I could take credit for having discovered it first, or even written about it first, but that distinction I will leave with frugal rockstar Katy. Check out her posts on this topic; fantastic reading for sure!
Anywho, I decided to do my own challenge based on the chapters that Bea covers in her book. In the “Kitchen” section, she talks about going through her kitchen and getting rid of everything that she doesn’t use or has multiples of. If you haven’t used it, or don’t plan on using it, get rid of it!
For the record, I have 3, count ’em 3, can openers, one of which is broken. And I’m holding onto it because??????
I want a minimalist kitchen.
And I want it free of cracked plastic containers, chipped plates, melted spatulas, and unused sippy cups.
This drawer is ridiculous:
Now Bea does go into great depth about not having any waste at all in the kitchen, and someday I hope to aspire to that goal. But she also says to do what you can, and that’s what I am going to do. Do what I can. I need to pare down my kitchen, and honestly melty plastic utensils and containers is just plain unhealthy.
Also? November is the perfect month to do this challenge because we are hosting Thanksgiving, and what better occasion to see if you really do use all the cooking utensils stuffed into random drawers?
Questions to ask yourself while paring down your kitchen according to Zero Waste Home:
- Is it in working condition? Is it expired?
- Do I use it regularly?
- Is it a duplicate?
- Does it put my family’s health in danger?
- Do I keep it out of guilt?
- Do I keep it because “everyone has one”? Is it too specialized? Does it truly save time, as promised? Could another item achieve the same task?
- Is it worth my precious time cleaning?
- Could I use this space for something else?
- Is it reusable?
So who’s with me? November’s challenge is to minimalize that kitchen!
Cookbooks you will never use? Donate ’em! And so on and so forth…
I’m ready! Are you?